The Peace of God

John-14-271“Peace I leave with you; my peace I leave you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27.  This passage was Jesus comforting His disciples right before he was to be crucified and leave them.  Not only was he leaving them “peace” but His peace that originates with Him.  It is a gift given to all Christians in any circumstances they may face and is sure unlike the peace the world promises which will ultimately fail.  Therefore, a Believer never has a reason to be troubled or afraid as God is sovereign over all the circumstances of his (her) life. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

Our responsibility to maintain this peace is to trust in God, follow His commandments and set our minds on the Spirit.  “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stedfast because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3.  “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165.  “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”  Philippians 4:9.  “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6.

The effect to a Believer of having God’s peace include the constant security of being in the arms of the Savior, which should preclude worry, as God takes responsibility for us including guarding our hearts and minds.  “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8.  “Be anxious for nothing… and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.  What a joy to have His peace given to us as a great gift that provides such blessings to us!



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